Recently, while teaching a workshop in New Orleans, I was reminded of Edgar Degas’ ties to the city. The artist’s mother was an American who hailed from the “Crescent City” and her family home stands proudly, in a somewhat altered state from the massive original structure, on majestic Esplanade Avenue. When we think of pastel, it’s impossible not to consider the Degas legacy. He is justifiably credited with elevating the medium to a serious form of artistic expression, and his innovative techniques have inspired generations of pastelists.
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